SEE-SAW Films and TRANSMISSION Films are today celebrating news overnight that Michael Fassbender, star of the film SHAME, has won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival.
The film also received the FIPRESCI – International Federation of Film Critics -Award for Best Film at the Festival.
SHAME is produced by See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman who recently won the Oscar for best film with THE KING'S SPEECH. Transmission will distribute SHAME in Australia and New Zealand in early 2012.
The film is directed by Steve McQueen, whose earlier collaboration with Michael Fassbender, HUNGER, was one of the most acclaimed films of 2008.
Following its world premiere at Venice where it received a 10-minute standing ovation, SHAME will also screen at the San Sebastian, Toronto and New York Film Festivals.
The film is produced by See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman who recently won the Oscar for best film with THE KING'S SPEECH. Transmission will distribute SHAME in Australia and New Zealand in early 2012.
Starring with Michael Fassbender is Carey Mulligan, currently in Australia filming Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
Producer Emile Sherman said: “See-Saw is extremely proud of this film and we congratulate Michael Fassbender on the recognition by the Venice Film Festival Jury, headed by Darren Aronofsky, of his brave and powerful performance. Colin Firth previously won this award and went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor so we are very excited that this award puts Michael on the same path.”
Overnight, it was also announced that the film has been picked up for US distribution by Fox Searchlight.
Transmission Films’ Richard Payten said: “What a thrilling moment for Michael Fassbender and for all of us associated with this fine film. Transmission is incredibly proud to be presenting SHAME to audiences in Australia and New Zealand and delighted to be collaborating again with Emile and Iain on another stunning film, following our success together with THE KING’S SPEECH.”
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York balancing a busy job and active social life. When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon’s carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control. From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.